Arthur Gunn took to Instagram over the weekend to announce his new EP Deha re Atma will be out on all major platforms November 8.
But in a follow-up post, the American Idol 2020 runner-up admonished his fans for requesting songs that he doesn’t want to sing. Namely, “Save Me Now,” the American Idol single he released as part of 2021’s “Comeback” competition.
He’s playing a show in San Francisco, and he asks fans NOT to scream out “Save Me Now,” because, frankly, he was forced to record it, and doesn’t earn much money from it.
“Save me now” was the song I just had to record due to the circumstances”
“…”in the last gig lot of people were screaming their lungs out to play song “Save me now”. I want to make you aware that song “Save me now” was the song I just had to record due to the circumstances,” Arthur wrote. “Even though the percentage was cut out, It doesn’t help me from you buying it or streaming it, but I know it does help you. Anyway, It doesn’t help me you all getting hung up on that song.”
“You could just find something better to do rather than writing your hateful opinions”
“Grasp this!” He admonished. “I wrote that [lecturing fans] cause somebody, someday might get helped or can get aware if they get in my shoes somewhere, someday. Most of you who are dissatisfied with these facts, you could just find something better to do rather than writing your hateful opinions.” referring to fans in his comments, presumably. “And I don’t know what most of you think or live your life like. It was never about money, but that is something I worked for. I wonder what you would do if it was you. Well, It’s not about music business or anything. It’s just about how you treat people. And last but not the least, this is not your some campaign page to say anything you feel like saying, you have all the time in the world to make your page and say things you want to.”
Ok then! Nevertheless, Arthur is looking forward to playing a gig on the West Coast.
“I’m stoked to come and play the show at SF Bay Area, California on Oct 29th. Managed by project entertainment group, at the venue Roccapulco,” he wrote. “I’m looking forward to see you all out there and play music for you all. Also, I’m bringing along CD’s of mine. “Grahan” was released on 2018, “Khoj” was released on 2021. All in all, I’m excited to bring these CD’s out there as a souvenir for you all. See you soon, SF Bay Area!!!”
Arthur Gunn Recorded Save Me Now after Finishing in the American Idol 2021 Top 7.
Arthur competed on season 18 in 2020 and finished in 2nd place behind Just Sam. However, American Idol producers threw a twist into the 2021 season by bringing back 10 of the Season 18 Top 20 contestants who did not subsequently sign label deals. Despite ending the season as the runner-up in 2020, Arthur was eligible for “The Comeback Twist” which entailed a separate episode where the 2020 alums competed for a spot in the 2021 Top 10. Unsurprisingly, after performing “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, he garnered the most votes from fans and won the spot.
He was eliminated at the Top 7, however. But did record “Save Me Now” written by Martijn Konijnenburg, Ronny Janssen, and Ryan Kinder, and produced by Ross Copperman. Each of the Top 7 recorded a song that could potentially be their “winners song” helmed by a top-notch producer.
Invited to perform on the American Idol 2021 finale, Arthur refused to come out of his trailer
Unfortunately, all hell broke loose on the finale. The producers invited Arthur to sing a duet with Sheryl Crow. But minutes before showtime, the singer refused to come out of his trailer and contestant Graham DeFranco stepped in at the last minute to perform with Sheryl.
Later, Arthur explained that “personal morals” prevented him from taking the stage. His decision didn’t involve Sheryl. I fact, he invited her to sing with him at his hometown concert. His murky explanation described mysterious things that happened behind the scenes on which he did not elaborate. Since the incident, he has refused to discuss it in public.
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